Northern Lights YMCA director gives informative review at Golden K meeting

Ben Determan Photo Lois Outcelt, Golden K chairperson for November introduces guest speaker Jonathan Ringle of Northern Lights YMCA at Monday morning meeting.

By Mary Jane Nelson

For The Daily News

With Sue Leduc at the piano and Margaret Trudell directing, Golden K members began the pre-meeting singing with an enthusiastic “Army Air Corps” song followed by “I’ve Got Rhythm” and several other old time favorites.

Lois Outcelt, chairperson for November opened the meeting as it has been done for over 30 years, with a heartfelt pledge to the flag of the United States of America and the song “God Bless America.”

The singing continues with welcome to guests Jonathan Ringle, Tara Blagec and Debbie Floriano. Happy birthday wishes were sung for members with birthdays this upcoming week.

Lois gave the thought for the day which brought memories of our mother’s in years past when she would say “if you would put it back where it belongs, you would be able to find it when you need it .” Don Pedo added “and wait til your father gets home.”

Several Happy Dollars were read by Don, some of which were: Agatha Caviani Caviani Being happy for a new grandchild. Al and Phyllis Galeazzi are happy for 65 years of marriage. Several others expressed happiness to see Alice Derwinski and Tom Bugni back after recent surgeries.

Chairperson Lois introduced Jonathan Ringle, director of the Northern Lights YMCA in Iron Mountain. Jonathan gave an enthusiastic informative review, outlining the history and advantages for members of the YMCA in Iron Mountain and the many opportunities offered involving people of all ages, the popularity of aquatic instruction for area youth and scholarships available for participation in theses activities.

An exciting future project for the local YMCA will include updating cardiac equipment, upgrading locker rooms, adequate lighting in parking lots and a complete overhaul of the pool which will include a “state of the art” Horizon Pool featuring pool access for individuals with restricted movement, below ground level pool installation etc. With a projected goal of $2.4 million, $2 million has already been raised for this aggressive project through donations etc.

Jonathan concluded by answering questions from members.

Tara Blagec, representative from the local Salvation Army spoke of the many resources available to individual area families including a new program “Pathway of Hope” focusing on hope as a measured outcome. Moving families from crisis and vulnerability to stability and eventually self sufficiency, while tracking family progress along the way.

Debbie Floriano a volunteer for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Kick Off which began Nov. 11 and runs through Dec 23. Bell ringers are needed for the local businesses and can contact the Salvation Army at 906-774-7678.

The program for Monday’s GK meeting will be a state police person from Iron Mountain post who will explain the use of trained dogs for various purposes in the area.